BMKG Launches Expedition to Indian Ocean

    Antara - 11 November 2019 20:05 WIB
    BMKG Launches Expedition to Indian Ocean
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    Jakarta: The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has launched expedition Indonesia Prima to the Indian Ocean for November 12-December 10, 2019 to further explore the less-identifiable depth of 70,560,000-square-kilometer waters.

    BMKG chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati stated here on Monday, November 11, 2019.

    "We still have several mysteries, black holes in the Indian Ocean," BMKG chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati stated here on Monday, November 11, 2019.

    According to her, the expedition aimed at gaining a better understanding of the air-sea interaction in the Indian Ocean, mainly by utilizing a sonar-based multibeam echo sounder (MBS) tracking system.

    The device will facilitate researchers to study the Indian Ocean's bathymetry or the underwater profile in the seafloor. The results of bathymetric surveys will enable researchers to measure the depth of a water body along with its underwater features. 

    The depth and seafloor's characteristics will further reveal information. One of which includes organisms inhabiting the seabed of the Indian Ocean.

    Indonesia Prima is an abbreviation of the Indonesia Program Initiative on Maritime Observation and Analysis. The Indonesia Prima expedition is a multi-year program established by Indonesia's BMKG and the Maryland-based the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Comprising two NOAA marine experts, 12 BMKG researchers, three scholars, and four experts of the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency, the expedition team will sail with a research vessel KR Baruna Jaya I for at least a month.  In addition to conducting research on Indian Ocean’s bathymetry, they will also renew some buoys in the waters. (Antara)


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